HS FOOTBALL: Bulldogs ride hot start to convincing win over OHS


MRT | 9/26/2021


The Midland High football team did exactly what it needed to do Friday night.

The Bulldogs milked the clock with methodical, time-consuming drives to jump on the Bronchos with a fast start, and never gave up their cushion.

OHS’ explosive offense spent a chunk of the first half on the sidelines and was staring at too big of a deficit when it started rolling the second half.

Brylee Perez rushed for 116 yards and Zion Ward added 114 to lead MHS to a 49-28 win over the Bronchos. Bulldogs quarterback Landry Walls accounted for four total TDs, with two TD passes and two rushing TDs.

MHS (2-3, 1-0) snapped a three-game losing streak with its first home game in a month.

The Bulldogs raced out to a 21-0 lead at the 9:59 mark of the second quarter against an OHS team that had scored 171 points through its first four games.

“I was just proud of the guys,” MHS head coach Thad Fortune said. “They executed. They played hard. We played hard on both sides of the ball. That’s what we have been preaching the last couple of weeks. That three-game skid, if we use it right, it will make us better and I think we did that tonight. OHS, they had a great team and they battled. They kept scoring points. Coach (Stacey) Martin and Coach (Eric) Jonas and our defensive staff battled that offense all night. They’ve got some great playmakers and I was really proud of our guys.”

It started with an 11-play, 82-yard scoring drive to open the game, which was capped off by Walls’ 6-yard quarterback keeper for a score at the 6:29 mark of the first quarter.

On the opening drive, Jacob Urias used a stiff arm to break away from a Broncho defender for 34-yard run on fourth-and-2 at midfield.

The MHS defense forced the Bronchos to run only four plays on their first possession.

The Bulldogs took advantage, as Walls scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run to push MHS to a 14-0 advantage with 2:31 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, OHS senior Camilo Nicholas boomed a 59-yard punt that was downed at the Bulldog 2-yard line.

With little room to breathe, MHS responded with an impressive 3-play, 98-yard TD drive that culminated with a 57-yard run from Perez, extending the Dawgs’ lead to 21-0. The drive began with a 34-yard pass from Walls to Kyle Blanchard to get the Bulldogs out of harm’s way.

MHS went into halftime with a 28-7 advantage.

“I think the biggest deal was we weren’t trying to shoot ourselves in the foot again with penalties and when did do that, we bounced back pretty good,” Walls said. “We didn’t shoot ourselves down with that.”

The Bulldogs carried their momentum into the second half.

On OHS’ first play from scrimmage, Diego Cervantes threw a backwards lateral, which wasn’t secured by the ball carrier, allowing Andrew Vasquez to recover a fumble for MHS at the Broncho 27.

The Bulldogs cashed in on the turnover, as Walls connected with Jakob Vines on a wide receiver screen for a 43-yard TD pass on third-and-30. MHS extended its advantage to 35-7.

Cervantes got going in the second half, as he passed for 300 yards, rushed for 111 yards and accounted for four total TDs.

But the Bronchos were beset by two second-half lost fumbles and could never cut the deficit to less than 21 points.

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Odessa 0 7 7 14 -- 28

Midland 14 14 14 7 -- 49

First Quarter

MHS – Landry Walls 6 run (Bam Ruiz kick), 6:29

MHS – Walls 1 run (Ruiz kick), 2:31

Second Quarter

MHS – Brylee Perez 57 run (Ruiz kick), 9:59

OHS – Diego Cervantes 36 run (Camilo Nicolas kick), 9:01

MHS – Jacob Urias 28 pass from Walls (Ruiz kick), 3:50

Third Quarter

MHS – Jakob Vines 43 pass from Walls (Ruiz kick), 9:30

OHS – Cervantes 11 run (Nicolas kick), 3:31

MHS – Wyatt Krueger recovers fumble in the end zone (Ruiz kick), 1:35

Fourth Quarter

OHS – Blane Mendoza 7 pass from Cervantes (Nicolas kick), 4:44

MHS – Zion Ward 23 run (Ruiz kick), 3:28

OHS – Adrian Madrid 26 pass from Cervantes (Nicolas kick), 1:42


First Downs 20 20

Rushes-yards 24-110 48-364

Passing yards 300 171

Comp.-Att.-Int. 23-37-0 7-10-1

Fumbles-lost 5-2 2-0

Punts-Avg. 3-42.7 2-40.0

Penalties-yds. 5-35 6-50


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